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Puri Info

  • State: Odisha
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Puri
  • Language: Hindi,Oriya
  • Weather: Summer 28 to 33°C, Winter 21 to 30°C

History of Puri

Located in the state of Orissa, Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus. Puri is a coastal city that stands on the banks of Bay of Bengal. Featuring great architectural building, balanced climate, exotic beaches, beautiful landscapes and historical significance, Puri is visited by tourists all year round.

Puri also holds great historical significance because it is believed to be the land of Lord Jagannatha.

People and Culture of Puri

The major population of Puri consists of Hindus followed by Muslims. Oriya, Hindi and Bengali languages are spoken in this region. Rath Yatra is the most famous festival that is celebrated in Puri and it calls pilgrims from all around the country. Chandan Snana and the Snana Yatra are also celebrated here.

Things to Do in Puri

There are ample of places to visit in Puri. Swarming with tourists all year round, Puri is packed with many Puri attractions. Lord Jagannath Temple is the main sightseeing in Puri. Dedicated to Lord Jagannath, this temple is a sacred place for the Hindus. During your Puri tour, you must the Puri Beach. The beach is long and sandy and has many stalls lined up.

From the list of Puri tourist places, one must visit the Konark Sun Temple. Shaped in a gigantic chariot, the temple is declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puri places to visit include Chilika Lake and Swargadwar. Among places to see in Puri, Golden beach is worth a visit.

Food and Shopping  in Puri

Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Puri such as shopping. The Swargadwar area is famous for buying artefacts made of shells and oyster. Decorative pieces are also sold here. Weaved saris namely Passapali, Ikat and Bomkai are popular here and one must make it a point to leave Puri after buying these beauties.

Oriya cuisine is the main food of Puri. The city hosts a lot of budget friendly restaurants and upscale restaurants as well. Bhojohori Manna, Chung Wah Restaurant, Bakers Boutique and The Gajapati are few popular restaurants.

Accommodation in Puri

Tourists who are wondering how to reach Puri can choose from various options such as flight, cab and bus. Located at a distance of 60 km, Bhubaneswar Airport is the closest airport to Puri. One can take a flight to Bhubaneshwar and then a taxi, bus or train to Puri. There are regular flights to and from places such as Delhi, Mumbai, etc.

Since Puri is an eminent tourist destination, it is brimming with tourists all throughout the year. Therefore, it advisable to book hotels in Puri well in advance to avoid the last minute hassles. From resorts to guesthouses to hotels, there are ample of accommodation options in Puri that provide the best of services. One can choose the place of accommodation according to one’s budget and comfort. There are many hotels in Puri that are located in close proximity to Puri sightseeing places. Plan a trip to Puri early this season with your friends and family.



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Konark Sun Temple, Puri

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Harkesh

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  • Harkesh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 8 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3732 readers

"Land of the Lord"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
An important pilgimage for Hindus. This is supposedly the Dham for the Kalyuga. The place is dotted with many dharamshalas and hotels. A few good ones are by the sea beach side. The rooms maintained by Mandir Office are also pretty good with AC and attached neat toilets with geyser etc.
Pandit Rajinder Kar was very helpful. He guided us really well, showed us the temple, helped in Flag hoisting without asking for single penny. He is not at all manumitted. He is young and respects the pilgrims and the lord. Money is secondary for him.
His number is 098531 42097.
If you need to perform any puja in the temple.
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Manjunath Boss

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  • Manjunath Boss
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 13 photos
  • 19 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
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"Puri, a piligrimage place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Temple is good, but people called pandas will trouble you a lot inside the temple. Be careful about them. Don't give money to everyone. The temple consists of lot of other small temples inside the premises. Overall a very good piligrimage place and a peaceful place.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 282 photos
  • 164 Reviews
  •  117 helpful votes
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"The Divine Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Holy City Puri has been all time charming pilgrimage destination. The one of Chardham is worldwide famous for Chariot parade in the month of Ashadh(July) each year. The largest gathering ever can be seen during that time here. The Holy city is blessed with Lord Jagannatha Temple and many miracles and histories in past. One can visit here throughout the year but the winter time is perfect to be here. Lord Jagannatha Prasad Grih is the honored be recognized as the largest kitchen of the world. Stories are endless so not possible to write them here. Be there and have blessings of Lord Jagannatha.
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Kaushik kumar bhattacharya

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  • Kaushik kumar bhattacharya
  • 9 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2686 readers

"Puri, Abode of Peace"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Puri or Jagannath Puri is the place where we can meet the Almighty, the Lord of the Universe, Jagannath. The Jagannath temple is more than thousand years old with awesome architecture. It is also an excellent example of our rich heritage and culture. The main deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balarama and their beloved sister Subhadra are made of wood which is derived from neem tree. The glimpse of the Lord gives immense pleasure and joy. The BHOG offered is also very nice. Besides there are many temples in the compound. The other major attraction is the sea beach with waves coming one after another. During winter months one can spend hours on the beach. A perfect place to relax. Besides there are many places of interest in and around Puri. The Konark Sun Temple, Dhauli, Lingaraj Temple and Nandankanan at Bhubaneswar, Chilka lake makes Puri one of my favourite tourist destination.
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Tanmoy mantri

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  • Tanmoy mantri
  • 1 Review
  •  298 readers

"Enjoying Puri trip on march 2017."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Best shortest holiday destination, beautiful seabeach, Jagannath temple, konark sun temple, chandrabhaga beach, nandankanan zoo for children, spent time sitting seabeach, enjoying markets in the evening at swargadar beach, sea foods are excellent, sunrise & sunsets are awesome.
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Suman Chakraborty

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  • Suman Chakraborty
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  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 21 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  8621 readers

"Raj Hotel, Puri"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Raj Hotel, Puri - very good hotel at very reasonable price. Perfect location and very good staff. We went Puri on 25th February, 2017 and stayed there for four nights. Front office staff were very friendly and Cooperative. The hotel is in perfect location and sea facing. It is in new Marine Drive road. Housekeeping staff came regularly to clean the room. It has a restaurant also where you get delicious food.
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Kavita paudwal

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  • Kavita paudwal
  • 5 Reviews
  •  354 readers

"Visit only for Jagannath temple (one of the char dhams for Hindus)"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Puri is synonymous with Jagannath temple which is the reason people visit this place. As such, one can visit the temple anytime of the year but as the city is located on seashore, rainy season can be avoided. Kinkily is also the time when the famous Puri Rath Yatra takes place. This time of the year the place is very crowded and can be avoided by travellers whose intend is not to attend the rath yatra but only to visit the temple.

Puri also has a small beach area which is not a must visit as there are no water sports available. One can take a walk on the beach and enjoy sunrise and sunset. In short, this place can be visited only for religious reasons.

Jagannath temple is the only reason to go here. One can feel connected with god here and feel the power of god. There are many other temples which are endorsed by the local public but can certainly be avoided.

There are certain things to keep in mind while visiting the temple - Mobile phones, footwears are not allowed inside the temple. One should wear comfortable clothes while visiting the temple as there is a lot of rush especially during day time (afternoon and evening). I felt the best time to visit the temple is after 9 in evening as there are very few people at that time in temple. Darshan is open till midnight. To avoid any mishaps, only carry the required amount of cash in pockets (no wallet) and avoid wearing gold chains. It is also best to not to engage any person claiming that he/she would explain the history of temple and make the darshan easy. That is not possible unless a person is going with a VIP. If one is interested in history, wiki is the best and most true source. One should wear sox if visiting the temple during day as the floor becomes very hot.

There are lot of auto-rickshaws available outside the temple which can take you to hotel. Rickshaws are best to travel as they drop you till the entry point of temple.

I do not see engaging a full day taxi in Puri if one only wants to visit the temple.

Konark temple is another place 40 kms from Puri which can be visited. Apart from that, there is Lingraj temple in Bhubaneshwar which can be visited.
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Sanjoy Basak

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  • Sanjoy Basak
  • Lives in Calcutta
  • 2 Reviews
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"Puri - Beautiful city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Puri is a beautiful city. It's good for shopping. Jagannath Temple is miracle. This temple is very beautiful. Maha Prasad are very tasty. I also like another temple name is Gour Bihar. This temple is like mini vrindaban. It's so beautiful.
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Kishore prabhala

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  • Kishore prabhala
  • 3 Reviews
  •  487 readers

"Nice place with marvellous structure of temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2017
It is wonderful experience to see Puri after 28 years when I saw in 1988. Temple is itself marvels, though need cleaning. Ages ago this was built and marvellous structure is this, one of the best ever constructed on earth. I hope visit and rites for pooja can pleasant. I had great dinner at The Grand.
I proud to be Indian citizen to see this Lord Jagandha worshiped by millions in a way words just can't bring beauty.
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Rk arora

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  • Rk arora
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"Raj Arora"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2017
Good weather at this time to visit.
The approach to Jagannath Temple was dirty with cow dung and slush.
Place for foot ware removal and Mobile could be closer to entry to Temple so that one does not dirty bare feet for entry to Temple.
Crowd was unmanageable. DarshN was thus difficult. Can Temple not restrict devotees in parts to enter as per prescribed timings.
Beach was good but tea stalls are not managing the litters properly.
One 5 star hotel is a good idea to have in Puri.
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